For Immediate Release
Jan. 14, 2013
Contact: Troy Tuggle
Hune given Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association Appreciation Award
LANSING, Mich.—On Saturday night Sen. Joe Hune and Rep. Kevin Daley each received the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association (MHHA) Appreciation Award for all of their hard work on behalf of the organization.
Cheers rang out when Brent Boyd, president of the Michigan Harness Horseman Association, presented both legislators with this well-deserved award for their efforts in helping all of Michigan’s horsemen maintain a foothold in the state.
Last year Sen. Hune, R-Hamburg, introduced Senate Bill 1075 while Rep. Daley, R-Lum, introduced House Bill 5546. The nearly identical measures would have updated current Michigan harness horse racing laws to reflect how the industry operates and is regulated today. The legislation unfortunately met a pocket veto from Gov. Snyder in Lansing. A pocket veto allows for an elected official to exercise veto power by not acting on a bill at all.
“The news of the pocket veto by Governor Snyder was unfortunate but it does not deter our resolve to make certain the harness horse racing industry not only survives, but thrives in Michigan,” said Hune. “The new legislative session brings with it new opportunities to help this industry that is near and dear to me.”
The 97th Michigan Legislature began on January.